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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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'Tremendous turnout' at 163rd Cockermouth Show

Thousands of people flocked to The Fitz for the 163rd annual Cockermouth Show.

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Joy Chivers at the show

There was something for everyone, with the field full of showgoers admiring the animals and poultry, browsing the stalls and enjoying the fun fair.

Vintage cars, motorcycles, tractors and buses, sheep shearing demonstrations and showjumping also proved to be big hits.

President John Eve said: “It’s been an absolutely brilliant day. The weather has kept fine and it’s a tremendous turnout.

“There has been a lot of support and we appreciate it. People are so friendly and it’s a warm atmosphere.”

The show was brought to an end by the grand parade in the main ring, where the prize-winning animals were shown off to the crowd and the overall winners collected their trophies.

Joe Armstrong, 85, of Plaskett Lands, Mawbray, near Maryport, has been coming to the show since 1950 and has bred Ayrshire cows for 75 years.

His Ayrshires won two first, one third and one reserve champion places.

He said: “It’s been a good day and a great atmosphere. It has been ideal with the good weather.

“The show is better than it has been for years.”

Among the events drawing the biggest crowds was the Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.

One of the most popular winners was 10-year-old Kate Scott from Laithwaite Close, Cockermouth.

Mum Tracey, 38, said it was the first time she had ever wrestled and her decision to enter was made at the last minute. She added: “I am so proud of her.”

The show has always been very family-orientated and Christine Carruthers, 37, of Fleming Street, Maryport, attended with her husband Martin, 45, daughters Maisie, two, and six-month-old Imogen. She said: “The whole thing is great, especially the atmosphere. My children like the animals and my husband likes all the cars.”

Matthew Jackson, 28, of Lonsdale View, Dearham, said: “I thought it was going to rain but it’s nice and everyone is having a good time.”

Among the vintage vehicles displays were two Leyland buses brought by the Workington Transport Heritage Trust.

Alistair Grey, secretary of the trust, said: “It’s a nice little vintage section here despite it being an agricultural show. We like people to climb into our buses and have a look around.”

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